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Innovative map displays solar potential of individual buildings

Innovative map displays solar potential of individual buildings

| October 1, 2014

When it comes to sustainability-focused design and business models, it probably takes a whole lot to impress the folks at Fast Company’s Co.Exist. Eduardo Berlin, an architect and designer from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has done just that. Berlin’s project, dubbed Mapdwell, plots “the solar potential of every individual roof in cities like Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, […]

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Wealthy Californians find ways to skirt drought regulations

Wealthy Californians find ways to skirt drought regulations

| September 5, 2014

In a lot of ways, forces of nature are great socioeconomic equalizers. A tornado doesn’t care what you do for a living, and a hurricane doesn’t care what kind of car you drive. And yet, as some California residents have found, money actually can trump nature—or at least buy a modicum of comfort and/or fund […]

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RePack: paving the way for sustainable packaging

RePack: paving the way for sustainable packaging

| August 14, 2014

Packaging takes up an enormous amount of resources, often at the cost of the environment. Thankfully, a sustainable packaging solution could already exist with RePack. We had the opportunity to interview Jonne Hellgren about his venture with fellow Finnish sustainability experts and industrial designers, Juha Mäkelä and Petri Piirainen. 1) What is your mission with RePack? Why does packaging […]

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Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

| August 13, 2014

Would you paint your lawn? A whole lot of people are saying: “Yes, please.” California is enduring the worst drought on record. With water scarcer than ever, residents have been forced to significantly cut back on watering their lawns—if they’re allowed to water them at all. The result? A lot of dead grass. You might […]

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Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

| August 5, 2014

In 2004, Tony Wrench was nearly forced to demolish his home because the design made municipality planners nervous. Today, his home’s unique design is so compelling that Wrench has published a home building book so others can follow in his footsteps. What makes Wrench’s home design so special—and controversial? It’s known as “That Roundhouse” and […]

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Bonnaroo music festival aims for sustainability

Bonnaroo music festival aims for sustainability

| June 17, 2014

Held over four days in June, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival attracts up to 100,000 revelers to Manchester Tennessee each year. That many music fans in one place can generate a whole lot of garbage. That’s why Bonnaroo organizers are making a concerted effort to promote sustainability at this year’s festival. In order to […]

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Walmart announces new sustainability initiatives

Walmart announces new sustainability initiatives

| September 20, 2013

Soon when you shop at Walmart, the chain’s slogan—“Save Money. Live Better.”—will have a little more meaning. It will mean living without toxic chemicals, living healthier, and living safer. At Walmart’s recent Global Sustainability Milestone meeting, President and CEO Mike Duke announced a number of sustainability initiatives in a plan to use less energy, greener chemicals, […]

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